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Department of Trade and Industry FAQs
For DTI, a business name should have a:
- Dominant portion: A word, group of words or combination of letters and numerals
- Descriptor: A word or a group of words describing the nature of your business
A business name won't be approved if it:
- Connotes activities or norms that are unlawful, immoral, scandalous or contrary to propriety
- Has names, words, terms or expressions used to designate, distinguish or suggest the quality of any class of goods, articles, merchandise, products or services
- Contains terms registered as trade names, trademarks, or business names by any government agency authorized to register names or trademarks
- Is inimical to the security of the state (ex. ISIS)
- Is composed purely of a generic word or words
- Is restricted by law or regulation, or cannot be appropriated
- Is officially used by the government in its non-proprietary functions
- Has names or abbreviations of any nation, or intergovernmental or international organization unless authorized by a competent authority of that nation or organization (ex. UNESCO Enterprises, ISO Quality Management Consulting Services)
- Is a name ordered or declared by administrative agencies/bodies or the court not to be registered
- Has names of other persons
- Has names that are deceptive, misleading or misrepresenting the nature of the business
SEC-registered partnerships and corporations can use "Company", "Corporation" or "Incorporated as part of their business name.
The word "Cooperative" can be in the business name if the company is registered with the CDA.
A business name is primarily used on legal documents, including receipts and contracts.
A brand name identifies your line of products/services, and is used to market and sell your products/services to the general public.
Yes, your business name can be different from your brand name. Only the business name is registered with the DTI. If you want to secure your brand name, you may apply for it to be trademarked at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
You can get your DTI Certificate of Registration on the same day, provided your business name is cleared. That's why it's advisable to prepare at least 3 alternatives, just in case your original business name is already taken or is disapproved by the processor.
Manual applications are still accepted at DTI offices or Negosyo Centers. Just bring 1 valid government-issued ID and fill out the necessary forms, which you can also get in the office.
No, you can register with any DTI office or Negosyo Center.
You can ask a representative to register for you. He/she just needs to bring a valid ID and an authorization letter from you (the owner) together with all the requirements.
The fee depends on the scope of your business.
- Barangay: P200
- City/Municipality: P500
- Regional: P1,000
- National: P2,000
An additional P30 is charged for the documentary stamp tax.
The renewal fee is the same as the registration fee.
The surcharge amounts to 50% of the renewal fee.
Your business name is valid for 5 years from the date of registration.
You can renew your registration within these periods:
- Early filing: 180 calendar days before the expiration date
- Regular filing: Within 90 days immediately following the expiration date
- Late filing: Within 90 days after the deadline of the regular filing, subject to payment of a surcharge
If you don't renew within the grace period, your DTI Certificate of Registration will be cancelled and you'll have to register again.
Yes, transfer of ownership will require a new registration.
Yes, changes in information related to registration is allowed, but you'll have to submit additional documents and pay a fee to DTI.
Yes, you can update the following upon renewal of your business name registration:
- Territorial scope
- Business address
- Civil status
- Middle and last name (maiden name to married name)
- Email address
- Contact Number
- Residence Address
Yes, you can do this if you stopped operating your business, sold the business to another person, transferred to another location beyond the original territorial scope, or there's another business with a confusingly similar name.
To cancel your registration, you only need to go to any DTI office.
To request a certified true copy of your DTI Certificate of Registration, go to any DTI office, submit the Other Business Name (BN)-Related Application Form and pay the prescribed fee. Don't forget to bring a valid government-issued ID.
The public can access the following information:
- Approved business name
- Territorial scope
- Business name owner
- Validity period
- Registration Number
Other information can only be requested with a written consent from the owner or when subpoenaed by the court.